====== "The best way to avoid the boredom of core exercises is not do them. If you do a challenging full body routine with free weights or kettlebells you do not need to do supplemental core exercises. Body part exercises are somewhat irrational and unnecessary for general fitness and fat loss those are for bodybuilders who want pretty but not necessarily strong muscles. " ======
^^ Heed the wisdom of the Sergeant. Look for ways to swap out exercises of low core involvement with high involvement. For example, trade the bench press for the single arm cable chest press (check Youtube for this). You may not get as deep of a burn with core-integrating exercises compared to core-isolating exercises, but they still give your core a proper workout.
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1,299 9/27/13 7:49 A
THECLASSICKAT: I definitely know that doing core (ab) workouts can become both boring and mentally annoying. I certainly felt that way about the Bender ball, planks, sit-ups, crunchers, etc. A few years ago I found out about ab straps/sleeves and am firmly convinced that they can be an important part of someone's overall exercise regimen. However, they are not for most people; and I agree with SERGEANTMAJOR that a good, vigorous full-bodied routine will work the core quite well. Probably, many of us spend too much time trying to work the core (abs) when the time could better be spent on more of a full-bodied workout.
I also bought a low-priced Power Tower, and use the dip station to hold my legs out, slightly bent, for a minute or so. It is very similar to a plank, but since I am not using arm supports to hold my weight (gripping the handles only), I am also working the upper body, such as the forearms and triceps.
I also agree that if a person is mentally strong enough, quality trumps quantity. However, if one wants to be in for the long haul (i.e., the rest of his/her life, so to speak), he/she has to hit upon exercising that he/she can enjoy or tolerate for such a long period. I have tried things like High Interval Intensity Training (quality and not time-consuming), but I found out that doing that for very long (a couple of weeks) made me hate exercising. So I do quantity and have been consistently exercising for over 5 years now.
Best of luck!
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9/27/13 7:32 A
I often get bored with my strength training routines too. Here's what I do to keep myself motivated:
-I will often do a '1 song workout' meaning that I turn on a favorite song and perform strength training exercises until it's done.
-I incorporate strength training into my cardio routines. For example, while I'm swimming I add fins because it adds resistance or I lift dumbells while walking.
The best way to avoid the boredom of core exercises is not do them. If you do a challenging full body routine with free weights or kettlebells you do not need to do supplemental core exercises. Body part exercises are somewhat irrational and unnecessary for general fitness and fat loss those are for bodybuilders who want pretty but not necessarily strong muscles.
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9/26/13 1:47 P
How about taking a pilates or yoga class ? There are a lot of different options for strengthening your core and taking a pilates or yoga class would give you a wider selection of exercises.
You could also check out YOUTUBE if you don't have the money to take a class. Search on core strengthening workouts and you'll find thousands of different workouts posted. try a couple if you've done all of Coach Nicoles core workouts.
Have you tried Coach Nicole's online videos ? If not, you might want to do that too.
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282 9/26/13 11:51 A
I'm getting kind of bored with my core exercising.
I do 1-3 every other day on my ST days
Normally it'll be the following
StandingTorso twists/ Seated Russian twist I prefer the Russians On lower body day I do a Plank on upper body day Stability ball sit ups Just did them today for first time. Bike Crunches on lower body day If I get a chance every once in a while I'll use the captains chair and do Knee raises